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I hate titles. But I loved painting this, absolutely no joke. YAY! Something different! :la: It has been far too long since I'd drawn anything distantly related to the topic of knights.

This is a digital color study I did to prepare me for the commission I'm doing for ~Riitual. Bretonnian knights errant are crazy bastards, apparently. He's got to prove himself one way or another, I suppose, though I hope he's careful while he's at it!

How DOES one kill a sea beast? I hope he packed up some spare spears, etc. :noes:

This should be in my scraps gallery, but I rather liked it, despite it being another of my not-so-great digital "speed" paintings. Say what you will. On that note, critique is welcome, and it's why I posted this here!

dA is acting awfully weird lately, or my work has become crappy(ier)... :hmm:

Photoshop CS3, Wacom Bamboo tablet, trusty mechanical pencil. Uncounted hours spent chugging coffee and tea.

Art April Schumacher. All rights reserved.
Bretonnian knights Warhammer
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So I found this the other day, in a scrap/sketch pile I'd forgotten on one of my shelves. I figured, it looked okay, despite the fight the fountain pen had given me. (Bad nib? Bad ink? I can't recall!) I figured I'd post it while we're waiting for me to throw out more commission work. (Getting things done while initiating the first steps of moving is trickier than I remembered, ha!)

So it's a were pallanoph, or a werenoph. Werenoph sounds better. I do hope I won't regret posting this, since I know that people are unwilling to read descriptions, or use their eyes, and thusly this poor beast will land himself in peoples' "woof and werewoofs" collections. Don't do that, he doesn't like the company.

I didn't accomplish much of interest in terms of the were-concept. Maybe his behavior is less frenzied and sporadic, and more cold and focused? Maybe he only comes out on eclipses? :shrug: I did, however, want to add more of the human anatomy in, as I enjoy drawing human anatomy very much, but... I loathe drawing human heads most of the time, unless I have a good reference.

Aside from that, things you should know: Werenophs don't exist in the canon of my novel, so this is just fun and games. And for the record, werewolves don't exist either. Thought you should know!

Eeee! Fuzzy! :D

Fountain pen, Photoshop CS3 with paper texture from CG Textures.

Pallanoph species, art, etc. April Schumacher. All rights reserved.
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"A hellhound?" The huge beast's face seemed to writhe in the orange glow of the lantern. Adelaide cringed at her mistake, and with a stab of panic she saw her unstrung bow and quiver beneath his forepaw. "I am no slobbering, softheaded bawling hound, girl, do you see that now?" Adelaide didn't hesitate to nod.

A little scene from the novel in progress (which means it's nowhere near finished, so don't ask) where Nharath regains consciousness after being rescued by Adelaide from a hunter's arrow. Pallanophs from the Nehrannon tribe are known to humans as "hellhounds," since this particular type of pallanoph is, simply put, mean and proud. They'll take whatever they can get their teeth and paws on, and rarely hesitate to take out any humans that may get in their way.

Poor Adelaide, however, feels compelled to help him through his grave injury, and is nearly scared to death for her troubles. However, even a pallanoph from the Nehrannon tribe has a hint of morals, and he grudgingly acknowledges that he repay her this debt... by not killing her. :lol:

Also: They're in a hollow underneath the roots of an ENORMOUS tree! I'm still not sure how I feel about the size difference and placement/composition, but it's a deal better than things I came up with 4 years ago. *shudder* That said, critique and feedback (the more solid, the better!) are encouraged.

I'm still working on commissions, of course, but this idea barged in on my productivity in the rudest of ways. My apologies. :XD:

And, yet another tedious reminder that I must put here: Pallanophs are not canines. (The next person who claims they are "LIEK WOLVES OHMAIGAWD11!1" will be met with my face of ultimate disapproval.) They are not some sort of ungulate, nor are they any sort of "mixed specie" chimaera. They are their own thing, made as plausible as I can with my knowledge of existing mammalian anatomy. Don't make me do a comparative study to prove my point! (Can you tell this is getting old?) :XD:

Characters, pallanoph species, and related concepts April Schumacher
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This "painting" actually depicts how I feel about said painting at this moment. (I'm having technical difficulties involving software at the moment, and have been driving everyone mad with it since it started up 2 days ago. You poor souls, I don't deserve your patience!) Hopefully, I can find a way to beat the Photoshop/Wacom tablet union into a peaceful and reliable one. If not, there just won't be anymore of this. Like it'll be missed... Fff.

This was a graphite drawing that I wanted to experiment with in Photoshop, much after the manner of this piece: It was also an experiment in the emotional expressions of my pallanoph species: Here we have (the antagonist) Tirlag at his wit's end, realizing the enormity of his losses. He has nothing left to cling to, and is cornered and weak with grief. Nharath and Adelaide, who have him at their mercy, see that he is a mad, pitiable creature, with fear and sadness in his eyes, and fury in his heart. (I promise I will try not to write him as cliched as he sounds... x_x)

Photoshop CS3/graphite, with some marble texture downloaded from CG Textures.

The Usual Disclaimer Statements: Pallanophs are not wolves, (omg y not?11!?) nor are they related to canines of any shape or size. Please don't put him in collections designated for such animals, he won't like the company and it makes us sad when peeps don't read. Reading is the future!!!!

Tirlag, pallanoph species, and art April Schumacher. Do not utilize this in any form, please and thanks.

Yes, I'm still working on commissions. All in due time.
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I don't have too much to say on this one: It's a relatively old piece that I came across recently, and I couldn't avoid messing with it a little bit more. :B

The original drawing was done with a brush pen, so it's partly traditional, but the rest was done digitally using textures gathered from CG Textures. I'm far from proficient with digital media and things take ages for me to figure out, but that doesn't stop me from poking around with it now and again.

This portrait is not terribly accurate at portraying Sorstan's character, but I imagine it is how the other characters see him. :noes: Also, a few of you have mentioned the resemblance between pallanophs and fu dogs, which I love, so that was some of the inspiration for this. I like doing slightly stylized works now and again... :)

If you have any suggestions/questions/critiques on this sort of thing, I'd like to hear it. You may be surprised, but I'm not actually here for the ass-kissing.

Pallanoph species, character, and art April Schumacher. This is not to be used for any commercial use, and please, I beg you, do not mindlessly get this tattooed on yourself. Seriously. :iconstaresplz:
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Nobody expects... the Spanish Inquisition??? 

The correct answer is... Nobody expects Mirthond

Really though, I think I've only ever posted art of her twice, and that was in a sketchdump from... two years ago. Yarp. Anyway, Reivig the Blockhead Assassin fails to realize that Mirthond exists. And that she is pissed. Who prevails? I don't think I can tell you without revealing spoilers. 

Both characters are pallanophs, aka my headworld species/subject of the novel-in-progress. :D Mirthond represents one of two leaders of the Skirdet tribe (alternative universe Sweden) and Reivig is an assassin from the Teirn tribe (Germania/central Europe). 

What is a pallanoph, you may ask? Pallanophs are large, sentient, apex predators who are primarily carnivores, though supplement their diet with a wide array of plants/roots/berries/fungi. They have opposable dewclaws, complex/not quite human emotions, and they enjoy their physical prowess as well as their understanding of logical thought. They are curious about people, but not to be disrespected. (i.e. They would NOT tolerate being kept as pets, etc.) They have no solid relation to earth carnivores, though they share traits with felines, bears, and hyenas to some extent. They do not have any metaphysical capabilities, so no flying or zapping or fire or anything else peeps might call fun. (Hence "boring.")

This was posted mostly for my watchers who don't follow my Tumblr. Have some 'nophs! Eventually I'd like to throw some digital color on here, but for now... graphite powder. 

Reivig, Mirthond, and pallanophs April Schumacher. Please don't plagiarize or repurpose, thank you!
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The last of the overdue sketch and line art commissions, this one is for ~Hfoursaur. Given that it was overdue, I turned it into a bit of a drawing to apologize for the wait. (I'd give my nonexistent soul for the gift of speed, seriously!)

This is her darling barn owl/bobcat griffin character, Soliloquy. I was given a bit of free reign with her actual design, though I kept it pretty standard. Her face, however, has added whiskers, a bobcat ruff, and a couple feline face markings. Needless to say, I really loved drawing this character. I would draw more griffins myself, but always wonder where to put their wings. :lol:

In case it doesn't come across (I did my best, but perspective isn't one of my strengths) she is being viewed from above as she is looking up at this tree. Getting a better idea of how these shadows would work was also tough, but it's a far cry better than I used to do. Shadows and tone have been my more recent goals. :)

Graphite on Stonehenge paper, 9x12" (22.86 x 30.48 cm) (2.0 mm graphite leads are the best thing ever, seriously.)

Art April Schumacher (me.) Soliloquy belongs to ~Hfoursaur :)

Critiques and questions welcome.
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Oh hey. A finished pencil sketch/thing I did on work breaks, no less. (Commissioned work/portfolio pieces are still being resumed, however, have no fear!)

Crows and a bison skull. If you squint, the crows almost form the shape of the bison, were he still alive. I'm not too great at creating anything visually clever (and I wouldn't consider myself clever overall, regardless of the format of expression) so think of this as another tired cliche. At least I got to do more work with a darker lead (5B) for once. I need to do more of it!

And, if you like this and you like Society 6, you can find this as a print and more here: [link] It will not be offered as a print through dA, but if you want to support my work more directly, you can always note me for a print that I will print myself.

Graphite on paper. Art April Schumacher. Please do not utilize or redistribute, thank you.
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I'm in an excellent mood, so have a pallanoph from my Tumblr.

My character Sorstan, demonstrating one of the more drastic submissive postures pallanophs may exhibit: Throat exposed, forelegs supinated, motionlessly calm. He is at the mercy of whichever authority he is addressing. (In this case, he may very well be begging Orstad for his comrade Reivig's life.)

Unfortunately, Sorstan's left paw did not want to be drawn properly. And his humerus could be longer... and his muzzle shorter... etc., etc. :XD:

Much to the dismay of some, pallanophs still aren't wolves or canines in general. (OMAIGAWDWHY????? :XD: ) Pallanoph proportions are still being ironed out, of course, but if you take a look here (pallanophblargh.tumblr.com/pos… you will start to understand just where they are headed. (Someday their heads will stay the proper size AUGH.)

Ballpoint (super cheap Bic!) pen, colored in Photoshop. Critiques and questions welcome.

Sorstan, pallanophs, and this scribble April Schumacher. Please don't plagiarize (trace, claim copyright, use for profit), thankies!
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So I took a little bit of time between the pile of sketch commissions/other projects to work on something for myself. The safest way to reintroduce myself to color beside quick watercolor work is colored pencils on colored paper, and I don't recall having worked with them on black paper before. This beast seemed like a fitting subject.

What is he? I can only tell you he isn't your ordinary unicorn. :lol: You'll have to suffer without a background for now, until I can think of something simple and fitting. (I keep thinking mist, but didn't want to ruin it as it stands now.) Suggestions are welcome, and encouraged.

Prismacolor and Caran d'Ache colored pencils on black Arches cover, 8"x14"

Art and concept April Schumacher. Please do not utilize. Thank you.
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